10 Best Women In Kung Fu Movies

Wednesday, March 2 by Chuck G.

If you want to have a fun, action-packed movie night, you’ll need to rent a film starring one of the 10 best women in kung-fu movies. Some are martial arts experts, while others were trained before filming a particular movie. Whether they’re martial arts experts or not, these women fight with grace, speed and have incredible moves. While most of these women are from Asia, a couple of them are Americans and a few of them were able to cross over and do both Western and Hong Kong films.

  1. Cynthia Rothrock If Bruce Lee was the King of Men in martial arts movies, then Rothrock was the queen. She was the undefeated World Champion in Kat weapon competition for both men and women for five years, a feat no one has done to this day! This gorgeous American blonde starred in films both in the United States and Hong Kong. She's best known in the United States for her “China O’Brien” movies.
  2. Michelle Yeoh Yeoh has starred in movies with Jackie Chan, Chow Yung-Fat and headlined her own films. Born in Malaysia, Yeoh studied ballet in London and also co-starred in a Bond movie. She's best known for her role in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
  3. Zhang Ziyi Born in China, this beauty is a star on the rise for both her martial arts performance and her dramatic acting. She's best known for her swift action in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
  4. Jeeja Yanin Yanin found fame in “Chocolate,” a story of an autistic woman who learns kung-fu simply by observing others. This role earned her a nomination for “Best Newcomer” in the Asian Film Awards.
  5. Uma Thurman This American actress hit it big in the first and second "Kill Bill" movies, in which she was nominated for Best Actress. Not only is she one of the best women in kung-fu movies, but the "Kill Bill" movies were of the highest grossing martial arts films of all time, making her the top grossing female kung-fu star to date.
  6. Angela Mao Mao set the foundation for women to star in films since she was the first breakthrough actress when kung-fu roles were reserved for men. She's best known for her role in “Enter the Dragon.”
  7. Kara Hui Hui started her career in the '70s and is still making films to this day. She gained fame by winning the Best Actress Award for her role in “My Young Auntie.”
  8. Yukari Oshima This Japanese star went traveled to Hong Kong and the Philippines to make movies. She's best known for her roles in “Brave Young Girls” and “Riki-Oh: The story of Ricky.”
  9. Thanh Van Ngo Hailing from Vietnam, this young women made her firs break in television. It wasn’t until she held her own in “The Rebel” did she achieve a bit of notoriety. 
  10. Kristin Kreuk This Canadian actress is best known for her role in the American television series “Smallville,” but that didn’t stop her from starring in the action-packed “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li,” which ranks as the second highest grossing movie starring a woman behind Thurman's "Kill Bill" series.